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barrow boy

A boy or man who sells fruit, vegetables, or other comestibles from a handcart (barrow) on the streets. Primarily heard in UK. When spring arrives, you can hear the calls of barrow boys selling their goods along the avenues.
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barrow man

1. A boy or man who sells goods (usually fruit, vegetables, or other comestibles) from a handcart (barrow) on the streets. Primarily heard in UK. When spring arrives, you can hear the calls of barrow men selling their goods along the avenues.
2. obsolete A prison convict whose sentence is transportation (deportation to a penal colony, such as the Americas or Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries). The term refers to Woolwich prison bulk inmates whose primary labor was to haul dirt and bricks in wheelbarrows. Primarily heard in UK. I was once a barrow man on the street, selling fruit to the people; but then I killed a man for money, and now I am a barrow man set for Australia.
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'Keep that barrow back now,' cried Wardle, when it had been hoisted over a stile into another field, and Mr.
Pickwick from the barrow, horror-stricken at the long man's dark insinuations.
'Well,' said Wardle, walking up to the side of the barrow, and wiping the streams of perspiration from his jolly red face;
Pickwick expressed a strong desire to recollect a song which he had heard in his infancy, and the attempt proving abortive, sought to stimulate his memory with more glasses of punch, which appeared to have quite a contrary effect; for, from forgetting the words of the song, he began to forget how to articulate any words at all; and finally, after rising to his legs to address the company in an eloquent speech, he fell into the barrow, and fast asleep, simultaneously.
Pickwick asleep in the barrow, and to call for him on their return.
It was the most mysterious and unaccountable thing that was ever heard of For a lame man to have got upon his legs without any previous notice, and walked off, would have been most extraordinary; but when it came to his wheeling a heavy barrow before him, by way of amusement, it grew positively miraculous.
If their most intense gratification had been awakened by seeing him wheeled in, how many hundredfold was their joy increased when, after a few indistinct cries of 'Sam!' he sat up in the barrow, and gazed with indescribable astonishment on the faces before him.
The negro had burrowed down into his hiding-place upon the barrow, where he might have lain snug enough, had it not been for the red gear upon his head.
The accumulated archaeological material and recent archaeological investigations, based on different theoretical approaches, highlighted obvious differences between the Late Roman and the Migration Period territorial coverage of the East Lithuanian barrows. The paper deals with a part of East Lithuania's cultural area of barrow cemeteries between Tauragnas Lake and the middle reaches of the AaAeAeAAeimena River, the structure of its populati during the Migration Period, and the social-cultural aspects of the communities' lifestyle.
Albert's family, notably his aunt Maria Kelly who was known as 'Queen of the barrows', fought tooth and nail for the legalisation of street pitches in the city.
They've been making barrows in Walsall, West Midlands, since 1985 and they have a fantastic range aimed at all needs and uses - from construction to gardening.
The indictment alleged that between 2005 and 2012, the Barrows, through their medical clinic, Your Doctor's Office in west Little Rock, submitted the false bills to Medicare and ABCBS.
All of the homes at Barrows Green hail from the housebuilder's Heritage Collection, which marries Arts and Crafts style exteriors with contemporary interiors, ideal for those who don't want to embark on any big DIY projects as soon as they move in.
The Barrows - who have two teenage children - had been married for 19 years when she began an affair with Mr Earle.
Founded in 1914 by Irving Barrows, a master plumber by trade, the store started as a plumbing supply house but began to offer hardware, including electrical, paint and tools, soon after opening.